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Canucks to retire Bure’s number on Nov. 2

Sep 6, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks will retire Pavel Bure’s number (10) on Saturday, Nov. 2, when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

From the press release:

Bure was a member of the Canucks from 1991.92 to 1997.98, playing his first NHL game on November 5, 1991 against Winnipeg. While with the organization, Bure tallied 478 points (254-224-478) in 428 games played. He continues to hold the franchise record for most points scored by a rookie with 60 (34-26-60) in 65 games played in 1991.92 as well as for most career shorthanded goals (24). The Moscow, Russia native also ranks in the top five in franchise history in game-winning goals (32), goals (254) and hat tricks (9). Bure shares the franchise lead in playoff goals alongside Trevor Linden, registering 34 in 60 playoff games with Vancouver. In 1994, his 16 playoff goals set a franchise record for most playoff goals in a playoff year and helped Vancouver to one win shy of a Stanley Cup Championship.

Bure was recognized for his accomplished career by being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012. He became the first player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.

But despite all of the above, Bure didn’t leave the Canucks on good terms. He was traded, at his request, in early 1999 to the Florida Panthers. (For more on that, click here.)

The Canucks have retired three other players’ numbers — Stan Smyl’s (12), Trevor Linden’s (16), and Markus Naslund’s (19).

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  1. jpelle82 - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    still think they shouldve done it on 10/10

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 7, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      too bad they didn’t do it three years ago on 10/10/10

    • desertfan - Sep 8, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      Hockey Night in Canada

      7pm prime time in the centre of the universe.

      NHL MUST get TO market involved and only way is HNIC AND Leafs.

      Otherwise a nice little private ceremony in the colonies.

  2. amityvillefun - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Admittedly, I am not a fan of the current Canucks team. I don’t like Burrows at all nor the Sedins. However, I WAS a fan of them when they had players like Bure, Ronning, and Linden! They were a different animal back then and I enjoyed that style of hockey.

    Bure was a great player and exciting as hell to watch. Good for Vancouver to retire his number.

    Anyway, perhaps Torts will get the best out of these guys. If he can deal with Avery, these players should be a breeze.

    • amityvillefun - Sep 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      One thing I thought was completely lame was having two different singers for the national anthems during the finals in 2011. We’ll have the “lame” singer do the USA’s anthem and bring out a REAL singer to do “Oh Canada.” Classless move and insulting. Your lesser singer was duly noted!

      In Boston, Rene Rancourt sings BOTH anthems with equal aplomb and energy. We don’t need two guys to do the job!

      For the record, I really like “Oh Canada” – it’s a great anthem. I’m not Canadian but I know every word.

      • micasa81 - Sep 6, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        Reeeeally scrounging the bottom of the complaint bin there, buddy.

      • amityvillefun - Sep 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        Than why have two singers other than to disrespect the US national anthem? Hmm?

        Is the guy who sings “Oh Canada” not bi-lingual enough to sing it? Or can’t can’t the guy sing any other song except the Canadian one? If so, he is under-qualified for the job. He should be able to handle two songs!!! A prerequisite for being the “anthem singer” in the NHL should be to ability to sing both.

        Nope. It was done as a snub and a statement. If it happened here in reverse, Canadians would have been pissed too.

        I do hear folks on Marchand, but he really toned down his act last season. He’s more annoying than a cheap shot artist these days. You don’t see him biting fingers or anything.

        However, complaining about Marchand with Burrows on your team is totally the pot calling the kettle black.

        I still crack up when I see the video of Marchand punching Sedin over and over….and not one Canuck does a thing about it. Grow some cajones!

        http://www.tauntr.com/content/marchand-punch-gif

      • micasa81 - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:40 PM

        Uh…I can’t believe you’re actually making anything of the anthem thing, at all. It’s just not a big deal. And by the looks of it, nobody else thinks so either. The Canucks always make sure they get someone good to sing the American anthem (and sometimes it’s even the same dude who sings the Canadian one), so why would you think that’s classless?

        And just so I understand you, the fact that Burrows is on the team I cheer for means I’m not allowed to call into question the honor of any member of “da B’s”? You were the one who came on here using an article about Pavel Bure as an excuse to bash the Canucks. It’s fine if you want to do that, but now it’s time to take your medicine.

        By the way, question for you: when your coach so (in)famously declared that his team “plays the right way”, was it Marchand repeatedly punching an opposing player in the face after the whistle that he was talking about? The fact that you actually think behavior like that has a place in the game, or that it somehow reflects poorly on the team it’s being done to, tells me all I need to know about you as a hockey fan.

        And yes, I think it was stupid of Burrows to bite another player (although it’s funny, you never hear any Bruins fans complaining about Savard’s penchant for chomping on fingers).

    • micasa81 - Sep 6, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Funny, I feel exactly the same way about the current Bruins. Tons of respect for the circa 1970 era Bruins (Orr, Esposito). Marchand: a smidge less. Agreed, though, it was high time to give Bure the honor.

      • amityvillefun - Sep 6, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        You can’t find a classier guy than Bobby Orr. He’s probably an even better human being than he is a hockey player….which says volumes considering he is one of the best ever to lace ‘em up.

  3. bosoxfan15 - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    This took the Canucks way too long to do. I still have my Bure jersey from the 90′s.

  4. amityvillefun - Sep 6, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    They should bring back the old jerseys shown above. Torts has seen enough blue with the Lightning and the Rangers. Maybe it would change the Canuck’s luck.

  5. twinwildflyer - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    He didn’t even wear #10 every year. I remember for whatever reason he wore #96 during the 96-97 season.

  6. pavelfitzgerald - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Bure was a beaut. My favorite hockey player of all time. Not saying he was the best, merely my favorite & one of the most exciting. Glad he got in the Hall of Fame!

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